is an unaffiliated reseller of Trader Joe's products in Canada. They buy Trader Joe's merchandise at retail cost across the border, bring them into Canada, and sell them at a markup.
Trader Joe's is suing
, and Pirate Joe's owner Michael Hallatt has not backed down.
“This is a little bit David versus Goliath and a little bit Occupy Grocery.”
He took the "P" off of the store's sign in reaction to the suit, leaving just "Irate Joe's."
posted by Stewriffic
on Aug 19, 2013 -
Sexism at the border: A personal account.
"For me, carrying my own condoms (in purses, wallets, camera bags; everywhere) is a routine act towards safer sex. For someone else with the power to not only deny passage but judge, moralize and intimidate, it has become enough evidence to put a woman through hell. My story has brought a number of women out of the woodwork stating that they have had similar experiences." [h/t Alex Grossman
posted by jaduncan
on Apr 6, 2013 -
Back in 1999, Wandering Earl
left home for a three month trip to Asia that still hasn't ended. As a permanent nomad, Earl's aim is to demonstrate that long-term travel is not a crazy fantasy, but a very real lifestyle option instead. Find out where Earl is now, and where he's been on his blog
. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Nov 4, 2012 -
Are the X-Men Human?
The US government says yes, these people are no different from you or I, but Marvel claims their strange mutations and powerful augmentations move them beyond humanity into the realm of monsters, angels and devils. This Radiolab short explains why Marvel Toys argued in the US Court of International Trade that Wolverine, Professor X and Storm are inhuman. [more inside]
posted by justkevin
on Feb 20, 2012 -
Russian Video from Russia
does what it says, providing a variety of videos from Russia, presented in English or with English subtitles, and brief descriptions of the videos. You can check out videos as they're posted, or sort through by categories (including customs
, musical video
, science and technology
, and movie for the weekend
). This last category ranges from Russian Sherlock Holmes movies
to a traditional New Year romantic comedy
, a documentary on Yuri Gagarin
to a classic Russian children's tale of Old Hottabych
, an old genie freed in modern times
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 16, 2011 -
So, you're planning to take a trip around the world, are you? Well, in that case--you'll need to know a couple of things before you leave (in order not to offend the sensibilities of the local population). Let's see--suppose you're making your way through Azerbaijan
for example, and your host happens to be a businessman who is about to embark on a journey to the city: what would you do to give him the appropriate send off? Would you:
- a) Bid him farewell and shake his hand.
- b) Dance in front of him and do a traditional jig that everyone else is doing in order to ward off evil spirits.
- c) Throw a bowl of water in his wake.
Don't know, well, that's okay. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy
on Apr 9, 2008 -
Private Mail--Not. ...Goodman, an 81-year-old retired University of Kansas history professor, received a letter from his friend in the Philippines that had been opened and resealed with a strip of dark green tape bearing the words “by Border Protection” and carrying the official Homeland Security seal. ...the agency can, will and does open mail coming to U.S. citizens that originates from a foreign country whenever it’s deemed necessary. ...
posted by amberglow
on Jan 6, 2006 -
I feel safer already!
A US requirement for foreign visitors to be fingerprinted and photographed is being expanded to include citizens from America's closest allies, starting September 30th.
posted by johnnydark
on Apr 2, 2004 -
The culture of a society, is largely invisable to it's inhabitants.
While the bigger things in our own cultures are easily identifiable, such as food, customs and religion. More unique things like hitting a statue or a picture of Saddam with a shoe, are not.
Symbolism is usually subtle and can easily be missed or misinterpreted by people from other cultures. This is a great article from BBC WORLD NEWS which explains some of the symbolism we're seeing in the Iraqi gatherings.
posted by Civa
on Apr 10, 2003 -
Be Careful Out There: Your Etiquette May Be My Nyetiquette Oh behave!
We've all made faux pas, gaffes and complete
asses of ourselves when dealing with foreign cultures. Travelling abroad isn't even necessary - a simple sushi meal
is fertile ground for a vast panoply of unintended rudeness. While not even the most experienced traveller can insulate himself or herself completely from ocasionally shocking, disgusting or insulting his or her hosts, here is a little something worth keeping in your laptop. Some cultures are more difficult than others but I'll bet we all have our own embarrassing etiquette bloopers, right?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 3, 2003 -